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Remember people are planners

Many participants in a situation are planning their actions, some are coordinating with others, and some are acting alone and behind the scenes. Some people are better planners than are others, and some plans are better than others, outcomes result from the interactions of many people's plans.

In 1962 Henry Hazlitt wrote we are making plans "both in our capacity as consumers and as producers. Employees are either planning to stay where they are, or to shift from one job to another, or from one company to another, or from one city to another, or even from one career to another. Entrepreneurs are either planning to stay in one location or to move to another, to expand or contract their operations, to stop making a product for which they think demand is dying and to start making one for which they think demand is going to grow."

He continued "Each of us, in his private capacity, is constantly planning for the future: what he will do the rest of today, the rest of the week, or on the weekend; what he will do this month or next year. Some of us are planning, though in a more general way, ten or 20 years ahead."

Some people find something negative about planning one's actions. Perhaps they see it as calculating or manipulative. Perhaps they haven't been successful planners and feel discouraged about their planning abilities. Whatever the reason for failing to plan, the innate tendancy of each of us is to "think ahead" and plan actions.

from Henry Hazlitt, "'Planning' vs. the Free Market," (1962) at URL http://www.hazlitt.org/e-texts/wisdom/ch17.html




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